A Complete Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Today I have the pleasure of speaking to Henry Stedman who is one of the founders of Kilimanjaro Experts a company that provides guided expeditions to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Henry is also the author of the bestselling guide book to Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain. Now in its fifth edition, it has sold well over 100,000 copies since its first publication in 2001.

He has personally summited Kilimanjaro more than 38 times and has created and maintains the Climb Mount Kilimanjaro website, which has been viewed and used countless millions of times by countless millions of people interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro since its inception in 2006. He also runs the Waypoint51 website, about the great walks of Britain and has authored numerous other trekking and guide books.

About Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Tanzania the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet).  It is the center of many people’s bucket list and attracts thousands of trekkers each year, hoping to reach its summit. Kilimanjaro comprises three volcanoes – Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass either Shira or Mawenzi on route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, but it is actually Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and it is the highest point in Africa.  It takes at least five days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. However, a minimum of six days, and ideally seven or eight, offers a far better chance of reaching the summit.  With the greatest limiter on reaching the summit being altitude sickness.

In our talk Henry gives us the complete low down about trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. He tells us how to get to Kilimanjaro and his personal view on the best time to travel to Kilimanjaro. He shares how to prepare yourself for the climb, what to take, what to expect on the mountain and what your route options are both the official and the non-official. Our talk will have you both inspired and prepared to visit and plan your expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

To learn more about Henry and Kilimanjaro Experts you can head over to his websites and

“Anyone can climb Mount Kilimanjaro and in fact it is not a climb but a big trek. ” @kilimanjaroexperts Henry Stedman

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is the best time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
  • How should you prepare for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • What should you pack?
  • What are the different routes on Mount Kilimanjaro?
  • What are some of the unofficial routes?
  • Who are the guides that will accompany you?
  • What does a typical day on the mountain look like?
  • Is it worthwhile sleeping at Crater Camp?
  • What is the number one reason soeone should consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in their lifetime?
  • Plus much more…